Allegiant Travel company (NASDAQ: ALGT) has celebrated its 1,000th wish flight as a Make-A-Wish travel partner, bringing four year-old Nicolas Dones IV (known by his nickname, “Cuatro”) from McAllen, Texas to Las Vegas on March 21 for Monster Jam World Finals XIX, the company said.
This wish kid, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, was celebrated with surprises on both ends of his flight, as well as in the air.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant became a charitable partner with Make-A-Wish in 2012. Since then, the company has donated nearly two million dollars in complementary airfare to send wish kids and their families on wish trips. To commemorate the 1,000th wish milestone, Allegiant surprised passengers on board Cuatro´s flight by announcing that all proceeds from ticket sales would be donated to Make-A-Wish — to pay it forward and provide funds toward the next wish.
Cuatro´s wish journey began at McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE) with a special send-off celebration, including a monster truck-themed cake, as well as treats donated by Chick-Fil-A — his favorite restaurant. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, Cuatro rode from the gate through the airport in style — on a battery-powered, ride-on replica of his favorite monster truck, Grave Digger. Dozens of Allegiant employees greeted Cuatro and his family at baggage claim with full fanfare — a warm welcome from Las Vegas´ hometown airline.
In addition to providing support for Make-A-Wish by donating travel, Allegiant also gets passengers involved through the sale of “Wingz Kid Snack Packs” on board each flight — one dollar from each snack pack sold goes directly to Make-A-Wish. In addition, Allegiant in 2017 donated office space to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, making the company´s Las Vegas headquarters the new home of the nonprofit organization´s local chapter at a rent of USD 1 per year.
Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in underserved cities to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Allegiant.com.
Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child´s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child´s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world´s children´s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide.